Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary
Botanical Genetics LLC
22nd Century Group, Inc. (NYSE MKT: XXII)
Tom James is the Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of each of Botanical Genetics LLC and its publicly-traded parent company, 22nd Century Group, Inc. (NYSE MKT: XXII). Mr. James oversees all hemp/cannabis activities of Botanical Genetics and 22nd Century with a team of other experienced professionals, including sponsored research with major universities (such as the recently announced hemp and medical marijuana research and development collaboration with the University of Virginia), contract growing of the companies’ proprietary plants, processing of plants and extraction of active pharmaceutical ingredients for testing and research by medical schools and scientific partners, and the development of unique hemp and medical marijuana plants (such as the recently announced Zero-THC hemp).
Prior to joining Botanical Genetics and 22nd Century in 2014, Tom served as the outside legal counsel for these companies for more than 10 years while he was a partner in the global law firm of Foley & Lardner (www.foley.com), with Foley having been the outside intellectual property legal counsel for the companies for more than 15 years. Tom has been a practicing attorney for more than 30 years since his graduation from the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C.